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10th Annual LHACC Caribbean Luna Night
The Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC) held its annual fundraiser, Caribbean Luna Night, on Friday, July 12th, at the Hershey Lodge.
15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival
On May 13, 2017, PACT Co-sponsored the 15th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Parade & Festival.
2017 Big 33 Football Classic Event
PACT representatives were able to attend the 60th Big 33 Football Classic Event.
2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
PACT and LHACC participated in the 2017 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community.
Annual Community Block Party
Annual Community Block Party held June 30, 2018.
Arc Family Fun Day/Faith Into Action
Arc Family Fun Day July 14, 2018.
Community-Engaged Research Day
The Better Together Community Driven Awareness Community-Engaged Research Day took place June 6, 2019.
Community Spotlight: The KING Community Center
The KING Community Center's Girls' Summer Enrichment Program provides opportunities for young girls.
Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named an Association for Psychological Science (APS) Fellow
Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application.
Congratulations to Laureen Teti
Laureen Teti has been promoted to Associate Director of the Penn State Child Study Center and Associate Research Professor of Psychology.
Congratulations to Laureen Teti
Laureen Teti has been promoted to Associate Director of the Penn State Child Study Center and Associate Research Professor of Psychology.
Dauphin County 4th Annual Recovery Day
PACT attended the Dauphin County 4th Annual Recovery Day on September 29, 2018.
Dauphin County 5th Annual Recovery Day
The Dauphin County 5th Annual Recovery Day was September 28, 2019.
Dawn Witherspoon featured in video from The Society for Research in Child Development
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently published a video from the 2019 Biennial SRCD pre-conference, “Conceptualizing and Measuring Culture, Context, Race and Ethnicity: A Focus on Science, Ethics, and Collaboration in the Spirit of 2044”, featuring Dawn Witherspoon.
Dr. Lavette Paige Receives Meck Award
Presented by the Alumni/ae Council of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, this award recognizes distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry.
Innovation Grant Awarded
This project will examine how place and neighborhoods matter for Latino families, with a focus on parental monitoring and youth problem behavior.
Kristin Buss Receives Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social Sciences
This award is given to a tenured faculty member in the College of the Liberal Arts who, by his or her outstanding work in the field of social or life sciences, has demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship.
New Director Announced for PACT
Dawn Witherspoon, Associate Professor and McCourtney Family Early Career Professor in Psychology at Penn State, was named as the incoming Director of PACT effective July 1, 2019.
PACT Affiliates Give Back at the Harrisburg Hispanic Heritage Festival
Penn State representatives engaged with the Harrisburg community at the Hispanic Heritage Festival Kick-Off Block Party.
PACT Community Advisory Board member Robin Perry-Smith featured on Health Care Education Association website
Robin Perry-Smith discusses why she joined the Health Care Education Association and one of her greatest career achievements.
PACT Receives Certificate of Appreciation from LHACC
On July 31, 2014, PACT was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Latino Hispanic American Community Center (LHACC) for supporting LHACC’s mission to empower...
PACT researchers receive named Professorships
Congratulations to Dawn Witherspoon and Koraly Pérez-Edgar on receiving named Professorships.
PACT to Participate in New Research Study
Kristin Buss and Koraly Perez-Edgar to begin multi-site project.
PACT welcomes Dr. Laura Bray
Assistant Professor of Education at Penn State, Laura Bray, has joined PACT as an Associate Director.
PACT's Carmen Henry-Harris discusses the importance of diverse populations in research with Jill Horner of Comcast Newsmakers
Recently, Carmen Henry-Harris, Community Liaison and Coordinator for PACT, sat down with Comcast Newsmaker’s Jill Horner to discuss how PACT successfully functions with the community to ensure diverse populations are represented in research.
Penn State and LHACC provide Video Screening/Family Fun Day
A community event bringing local families and Penn State researchers together.
Penn State professor brings research to Harrisburg via PACT
Dr. Douglas Teti is a developmental scientist whose research is focused on family processes as they relate to infant and early child development.
Restoring Unity in the Community
PACT representatives participate in New Beginnings Youth & Adult Services community event.
Rick Sayles Featured in the News
PACT CAB member Rick Sayles was recently featured in the news for his work with the community.
SRCD highlights accomplishments of the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee during Dawn Witherspoon's tenure as Chair
Originally founded as the Minority Committee in 1984, the Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee focuses on increasing diversity in developmental science and SRCD through programmatic initiatives and acts as a liaison for internal groups interested in research pertaining to racial-ethnic minorities.
The 61st PSFCA Big 33 Football Classic Event
PACT representatives attend Superbowl of high school football.
The Society for Psychophysiological Research recently published an interview with Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer
Recently, Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer was the featured researcher spotlight for the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
Martha Wadsworth Receives NIH Funding to Expand BaSICS Intervention
BaSICS is a program designed to prevent the development of anxiety and depression symptoms in preadolescent children facing chronic stress.
Community Spotlight: Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg
The Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg provides after-school and summer programs for healthy social and academic development.
Kristin Buss and PACT recognized and awarded by Penn State
The Office of the Vice President for Outreach and Faculty Outreach Award Committee at Penn State University recently recognized and awarded Parents and Children Together (PACT) with an exemplary designation for Community Engagement and Scholarship.
Carmen Henry-Harris recently appeared on The Nate Gadsden Radio Show
Carmen Henry-Harris, Community Engagement Coordinator for PACT, joined The Reverend Doctor Nate Gadsden on The Voice 17104 radio station on October 17, 2019.
Dawn Witherspoon leads workshop on strategies for engaging diverse communities in research
On Nov. 4, 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Penn State's colleges of Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts and Education participated in a four-hour workshop to learn strategies for engaging diverse communities in their research.
New York Times Parenting cites Koraly Pérez-Edgar's research for article on supporting your shy child
New York Times Parenting provides guidance and support to new and expecting parents.
Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being selected as head of the Penn State Psychology Department
Kristin worked closely with other faculty to established Parents and Children Together (PACT), a Penn State University Park research initiative housed in Harrisburg, PA.
Dr. Koraly Pérez-Edgar spotlighted by SRCD Latino Caucus
The overall mission of the SRCD Latino Caucus is to promote conceptually and methodologically rigorous research conducted with Latino children, youth, and families that represents their (1) diversity, (2) normative development, and (3) inherent strengths (cultural, linguistic, etc.).
Community Spotlight: The Camp Curtin Branch of the Harrisburg Area YMCA
In Uptown Harrisburg, the Camp Curtin Branch of the Harrisburg Area YMCA provides a sanctuary where kids can develop spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Hamilton Health Center's Golden Gala
PACT representatives were in attendance as Hamilton Health Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Golden Gala on March 5, 2020.
Winnie Adebayo awarded planning grant to support researcher-community collaboration
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Community-Engaged Research Core awarded three planning grants to faculty and community-based organization teams.
Winnie Adebayo and Samantha Tornello join interdisciplinary teams of researchers to address the COVID-19 crisis
With speed and ingenuity, more than 100 researchers across Penn State are shifting their research programs to address the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to funding from a seed grant initiative led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.
Winnie Adebayo and team research COVID-19 public messaging
As the development of the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, so does the public health messaging that is relayed to people around the world.
PACT continues commitment despite global pandemic
Parents and Children Together (PACT) was formed in 2007 as a partnership between Penn State researchers and people who live in the greater Harrisburg community.
Community Spotlight: Hamilton Health Center
Hamilton Health Center, in Harrisburg, is a one-stop “Medical Mall” for community health.
Congratulations to Kristin Buss on being named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families
Kristin Buss, head of the Department of Psychology in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, has been named the Tracy Winfree and Ted H. McCourtney Professor in Children, Work, and Families.
PACT participates in BGH Phoenix Rising Virtual 5K
PACT Community Engagement Coordinator, Carmen Henry-Harris, recently participated in the Black Girl Health (BGH) Phoenix Rising 5K.
Erika Lunkenheimer presented, "Parenting During a Pandemic" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series
The webinar series focused on minority health and wellness.
Rina Das Eiden presented, "COVID-19 and Perinatal Experiences" as part of a Latino Connection & Penn State Reach webinar series
This webinar focused on current knowledge about COVID-19 and pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Martha Wadsworth and the CaRES Lab presented, "The 5 C's of Positive Youth Development" July 8th as part of The Road to New American Health webinar series
The Road to New American Health is a webinar series powered by Latino Connection and Penn State Reach.
PACT welcomes new Assistant Director
PACT welcomed Eugenia R. Moten as Assistant Director effective July 1, 2020.
Laura Bray presented, "Partnering with Schools during the Pandemic to Support your Child's Individual Learning Needs" as part of The Road to New American Health webinar series
Dr. Bray's presentation took place on July 22, 2020, as part of a webinar series powered by Latino Connection and Penn State Reach.
A PACT panel presented, "Maintaining Partnerships to Serve the Community: Increased Importance during Trying Times" as part of a Latino Connection and Penn State Reach webinar series
Discussions centered on the importance of partnerships, particularly among community members, community organizations, and educational institutions, to enhance the lives of diverse children, youth and families.
SSRI's Insights from Experts features Dr. Rina Das Eiden discussing parental substance use during COVID-19
Parental substance abuse is a significant risk factor for adaptive functioning for both parents and children. This may be exacerbated with the stress and anxiety associated with a pandemic – but may also provide an opportunity for change.
Addressing Inequities in Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recently released a new series of briefs.
Dr. Sunhye Bai Awarded Early Career Professorship
Congratulations to Dr. Sunhye Bai, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, on being awarded the Karl R. Fink and Diane Wendle Fink Early Career Professorship for the Study of Families.
Congratulations to Carmen Henry-Harris, PACT Community Engagement Coordinator and Liaison, for receiving a Penn State Liberal Arts Staff Advisory Committee You Rock! Award!
The You Rock! Award was created as a way to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding contributions by College of the Liberal Arts staff members.
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